Gov. Ned Lamont is asking the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to investigate what the governor called a “wholly inadequate” response to Tropical Storm Isaias. According to Eversource, which covers most of the state, as of 5:05 p.m., 47.71% of its customers were still without power, a total of 611,280 out of 1,281,259 Connecticut customers. Late Wednesday morning, Eversource issued an announcement about recovery efforts, noting the difficulties:
“’The impact from this storm, in terms of power outages, is greater than Superstorm Sandy. The fierce winds with this storm caused widespread power outages and historic damage, affecting customers in all of the 149 communities we serve in Connecticut,’ said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst.” (Full texts of both announcements are below.)
Here’s the full text of Lamont’s news release, emailed at 5:07 p.m.:
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is requesting the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to conduct a thorough investigation of the state’s public utility companies, including Eversource and United Illuminating, amid widespread outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias that have left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.